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World's largest dinosaur footprints

Paleontologists discovered a collection of dinosaur footprints in the sandstone rock along the Kimberley shoreline in a remote region of Western Australia. The footprints belonged to some big herbivorous dinosaur. They were about 1.7 meters long. Prior to the discovery, the biggest known dinosaur footprint was a 106cm track discovered in the Mongolian desert.

U.S. Congress wipes away online privacy protections

With the Republicans in control of all three branches of the U.S. government, lobbyists for Internet service providers and tech firms persuaded lawmakers to dismantle regulations to protect privacy which had been made during the Obama administration. In March 2017, the abolition of these privacy protections passed on a narrow party-line vote.

Final episode of "Bones" airs

Fox renewed Bones for a 12-episode final season. The season was initially announced to debut in the fall, but Fox delayed the premiere. Former series regular Eric Millegan, who returned in the season 11 finale, continues his role as Zack Addy in the final season.

George W. Bush kills Kyoto Protocol on climate

The Bush administration announced that it would not implement the Kyoto Protocol, an international treaty signed in 1997 in Kyoto, Japan, that would require nations to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Bush argued that ratifying the treaty would restrict U.S. growth.

"Futurama" first airs on Fox

Futurama is an American animated science fiction comedy series created by Matt Groening. The series follows the adventures of a Philip J. Fry, who finds employment at Planet Express, an interplanetary delivery company in the retro-futuristic 31st century.

Julia Roberts and Lyle Lovette split-up

Actress Julia Roberts and singer Lyle Lovett announced they have agreed to legally separate after less than two years of marriage. They broke the news in a joint statement released by Roberts' publicist. 'We remain close and in great support of one another,' the brief statement said.

YouTube star Zoe Sugg is born

Zoe Elizabeth Sugg is an English fashion and beauty vlogger, YouTuber, and author. She is best known by her YouTube username Zoella. She grew up in Lacock, Wiltshire, where she attended The Corsham School and Arts College, and currently lives in Brighton, East Sussex.


Tennis player Barbora Strýcová is born

Barbora Strýcová is a Czech tennis player. In January 2017, she achieved her highest WTA singles ranking, world No. 16. and in March 2017, her highest WTA doubles ranking, world No. 10. At the summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, she won her 1st ever Olympic medal, a bronze in the Women's doubles playoff.

Singer Lady Gaga is born

Lady Gaga is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She began her musical career performing songs at open mic nights and school plays. She studied at CAP21 through New York University's Tisch School of the Arts before dropping out to become a professional musician.


Tennis player Stanislas Wawrinka is born

Stanislas Wawrinka is a Swiss professional tennis player. During his career, he won 3 Grand Slam titles, including Australian Open, French Open and US Open. Wawrinka himself considers clay his best and favorite surface and his serve and backhand his best shots.

Neil Simon's "Biloxi Blues" premieres on Broadway

Biloxi Blues Broadway premiere took place at the Neil Simon Theatre, where it ran for 524 performances. It was well received, being praised for being extremely funny by Frank Rich. It tells the story of 18 years old Eugene during the WWII, after being drafted into the US army and sent to Biloxi, Mississippi for basic training.

Actress Julia Stiles is born

Julia O'Hara Stiles is an American actress. Born and raised in New York City, Stiles began acting at age 11 and made her screen debut as Erica Dansby in six episodes of the television series Ghostwriter. Her first film role was in I Love You, I Love You Not, followed by a leading role in the thriller Wicked.

Three Mile Island accident

The Three Mile Island accident began with failures in the non-nuclear secondary system, followed by a stuck-open pilot-operated relief valve in the primary system, which allowed large amounts of nuclear reactor coolant to escape. As a result, new regulations for the nuclear industry were adopted.


Wilt Chamberlain plays his last NBA game

In his last season, Wilt Chamberlain averaged 13.2 points and 18.6 rebounds. He also shot an NBA record .727% for the season, improving his own mark of .683. Playing for the Los Angeles Lakers, Chamberlain's last NBA game was a game against the New York Knicks.

The 25th Tony Awards

The annual ceremony of 25th Tony Awards took place at the Palace Theatre in NYC. It was broadcasted by ABC TV and hosted by 4 hosts. The theme of the ceremony was to show highlights from 25 years of musicals that had won Tony Awards and the stars behind them. Songs from all of them were sung during the event.

Actor Vince Vaughn is born

Vincent Anthony Vaughn is an American actor, producer, screenwriter, and comedian. Vaughn began acting in the late 1980s, appearing in minor television roles before attaining wider recognition with the comedy-drama film Swingers. He has appeared in a number of films in the 1990s, including Rudy, The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Return to Paradise.

The 34th US President Dwight D. Eisenhower dies at 78

Dwight D. Eisenhower served as the 34th President of the USA. During World War II, he was a five-star general in the US Army and served as Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Forces in Europe. He died in Washington, D.C., of congestive heart failure.

American horror-thriller movie "The Birds" is first released

The Birds directed by Alfred Hitchcock is loosely based on the story of the same name by Daphne du Maurier. The story is about a series of sudden and unexplained violent bird attacks on the people of Bodega Bay, California. The film stars Rod Taylor and Tippi Hedren.


Athlete Jim Thorpe dies at 64

Jim Thorpe was an American athlete and Olympic gold medalist. He was the 1st Native American to win a gold medal for his home country. Thorpe suffered from alcoholism and lived his last years in failing health and poverty. He died after he experienced his 3rd heart failure.


Basketball player Rick Barry is born

Rick Barry played in both the ABA and NBA. He is the only player to lead the National Collegiate Athletic Association, ABA, and NBA in scoring for an individual season. After he ended his hockey career, he worked as a coach and broadcaster. In 1987, he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Author Virginia Woolf dies at 59

The events of WWI led Woolf to fell into a depression. The ongoing events and the destruction of London during the Blitz darkened her mood. She apparently became obsessed with death, which led to her committing suicide. She drowned herself in the River Ouse, near her home. She was cremated and buried in their home's garden.

Spanish Civil War ends

The Nationalist defeated the Republicans, and General Francisco Franco, who already ruled over Nationalist Spain, ruled over all of Spain for the next 36 years. Subsequently, thousands of Republicans were arrested and executed. Many of Republicans also fled abroad.

Robert Goddard uses gyroscopes to control a rocket

The main part of a gyroscope is a spinning wheel. Its rotation is unaffected by tilting or rotation of the machine in which the gyroscope is mounted. This allows using a gyroscope for a spatial orientation. Goddard used it for the first time in his rocket designated the A-5. It flew vertically to an altitude of 1.46 km.

American physicist Jerome Friedman is born

He is known as the co-discoverer of the internal structure of the proton, which is now known as the quarks. Quarks combine to form composite particles called hadrons. The most known hadrons are protons and neutrons. Quarks were discovered between 1968 and 1969 when Friedman worked at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center with Henry W. Kendall and Richard E. Taylor.

Beer brewing magnate August Anheuser Busch is born

August Anheuser "Gussie" Busch Jr. was an American brewing magnate who built the Anheuser-Busch Companies into the largest brewery in the world by 1957 as company chairman from 1946 to 1975. He became a prominent sportsman as an owner of the St. Louis Cardinals franchise in Major League Baseball from 1953 until his death.

Author Maxim Gorky is born

Russian writer and founder of the socialist realism, Maxim Peshkov was born in town of Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. He ran away from home and traveled across the Russian Empire. He began writing under the pseudonym „Gorky“. He became known for telling the bitter truth about the social, political and cultural state of the country.

English civil engineer Joseph Bazalgette is born

He is known as the creator of a sewer network for central London. He did it in response to the Great Stink event of 1858 in which the hot weather exacerbated the smell of untreated human waste and industrial effluent that was present on the banks of the River Thames. Bazalgette’s sewer network freed London from cholera.

Russian tsar Ivan the Terrible dies at 53

Ivan the Terrible transformed Russia from a medieval state into an empire. He died from a stroke while playing chess with Bogdan Belsky. The Russian throne was then left to his politically ineffectual middle son Feodor Ivanovich.

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born 1986

Lady Gaga

died 2012

Earl Scruggs

died 1953

Jim Thorpe

born 1966

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